As we brave through the winter months, we can look forward to rich, comforting foods that are healthy, too. Sprout Organic Baby Food is celebrating Valentine’s Day this month by using a delicious, red root vegetable in season – beets – in a yummy, super-simple, baby food recipe. You will need:
2 apples (yellow or red delicious, gala or honey crisp)
3 medium beets (1 1/4 lb with greens), outsides scrubbed clean, trimmed, leaving 1 inch of stems attached (don’t forget, you can sauté leftover beet greens, too!)
Preheat oven to 425°F. Wrap beets tightly in foil, and roast in middle of oven until
tender, about 1 1/4 hours.
Unwrap beets and, when just cool enough to handle, slip off skins and remove stems.
Cut each beet into 6 wedges.
On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, placed beet and apple wedges (face
down) and roast for 20 minutes more.
Cool beets and apples. Scoop apple out of skin, and pureé together with beet.
Optional: add a dash or two of cinnamon into pureé.
Beets offer a healthy nutrient which gives them their color – betalains. Betalains possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties. In general, root vegetables contain healthful fiber and slow-digesting carbohydrates. Fiber aids in digestion and is linked to lowering your child’s chances of type 2 diabetes or heart disease when he/she is older.
Don’t forget some other tasty root vegetables you can celebrate this month, too! February is National Sweet Potato Month and these vegetables are packed